Land of Israel and Jewish heritage
A series from the book written by Naveed Anjum
THE BEGINNING OF JEWISH LIFE IN THE LAND OF CANAAN
We discussed previously that Ishmael had been removed from Canaan according to God’s command. Now, we will look into the establishment of Jewish life for the descendants of Isaac in Canaan. We will discuss the continuous Jewish presence in the land of Canaan that lasted 4000 years from the era of Abraham until our current time. To do this, we will consider the Bible, because Islamic traditions do not elaborate the history of the descendants of Isaac in a sequential form in the manner that they detail the experiences of Ishmael.
We demonstrated and established, above, by Islamic traditions and the Holy Qur’an that God had a plan that gave the land of Canaan to Isaac for him and his descendants to settle and reside there. We demonstrated and established that God’s plan involved resettling Ishmael in Makkah or Paran for him and his descendants to settle and reside there.
Islamic and Arabian traditions uphold the history of the descendants of Ishmael, because they are of the same class of peoples. In the same manner, the Holy Bible and Jewish traditions support and maintain the history of the descendants of Isaac in a respectable form, because the progeny of Isaac maintain them according to strict and orderly rules of structure.
Thus, it is necessary to give deference to the Holy Bible and seek from it the history of the descendants of Isaac and the events of their lives. As much as possible, quotations will be taken from the Holy Qur’an to provide additional evidence and substantiate significant events and facts. We will begin by describing the Promised Land before launching into a study of Jewish history there.
(To be continued…)